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Betsy Williamson: Rewriting Art History at the Mercantile Coffee House

Rethinking Art History # 25 by Betsy Williamson, 2010

Rethinking Art History # 25 by Betsy Williamson, 2010

Betsy Williamson: Rewriting Art History
Mercantile Coffee House
May 17 through June 23, 2012

As part of The McKinney Avenue Contemporary’s community outreach program, The MAC has teamed up with Mercantile Coffee House to extend its contemporary artistic vision and educational support to downtown Dallas. This partnership will promote and support emerging talent with monthly exhibitions throughout the year. Donations from Mercantile Coffee House will benefit artistic programming at The MAC.

The MAC and Mercantile Coffee House are pleased to present Rewriting Art History by Betsy Williamson. Betsy Williamson is a mixed media artist currently teaching studio art in the DFW area. In 2011, Williamson received her MFA in Photography and MA in Art History from The University of North Texas. She received her BFA in Photography from The University of Texas at Arlington in 2006. Williamson has exhibited in numerous spaces in Texas and will soon be presenting a solo exhibition, Mining the Textbooks of Art History at the ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation in Chicago, Illinois.

Williamson’s Rewriting Art History focuses on the presentation of art history in book form as well as in the classroom. Williamson employs appropriated images of art historically relevant works and sentences from Art Forms textbooks to investigate the viewer’s experience and interpretation. The opening reception will be on May 17 from 6:00 – 7:00pm. Betsy Williamson: Rewriting Art History will be on view at Mercantile Coffee House through June 23.

Through The MAC’s innovative efforts and artistic advisement, visitors to The Mercantile Coffee House will have the opportunity to view and interact with contemporary art in a non-traditional setting. This initiative is congruent with The MAC mission of supporting experimentation and promoting a visual dialogue between the artist and the viewer. Mercantile Coffee House will exhibit emerging artists using a variety of media, enhancing the setting and experience for visitors.

When and Where

Monthly at The Mercantile Coffee House
1800 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75201

About The MAC

Established in 1994, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) is a nonprofit organization that stands as a Dallas advocate for creative freedom offering the opportunity for experimentation and presentation of art in all disciplines. It supports the emerging and established artist’s role in society providing a forum for critical dialogue with their audiences. This relationship is cultivated through education and innovative programming. The MAC is a member of Dallas Art Dealers Association and The Uptown Association.

Call 214-953-1212 for information or visit The MAC is open Wednesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m

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